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Ant480
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PostSubject: New member with a Primera GT   Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:42 pm

Hi all,

I have been checking out this forum for a few months, and felt a bit guilty as I hadn't actually contributed. Embarassed

Since first discovering the world of disposable cars, and reading about Bangernomics from other sources (I believe Honest John referred to it once in his Telegraph column, but I may be incorrect), I have run a number of cheap cars:

Citroen AX11 TGE "Chicago" - first car, approx 700 if I remember correctly;
Volvo 480ES - wanted one ever since getting a white Matchbox car when I was about 6 years old;
Honda Civic ESi - quite an extravagence this one as it cost me 1700, but I loved the VTEC engine;
Mazda RX7 - 1982 car with 44k miles and lovely bosywork, bought for 1500 on a whim, and sold 8 months later due to impending arrival of baby;
BMW E30 320i - a present to myself following promotion at work, 350 from ebay, and a year of glorious straight 6 sounds before rust prevented an MOT;

My current car, now well into its second year in my ownership is a Nissan Primera GT, about which I wrote the following post on the Nissan Primera Owners' Club pages:

"Firstly, let me make it clear that my intention isn't to offend anyone with this post. I don't consider Primeras to be bangers, or worthy only for use as disposable cars.

I've long been interested in the idea "bangernomics". For those who haven't heard of it, bangernomics at its most basic involves buying a car for very little cash (usually less than 1k), then running it until something breaks that costs more than the price of an equivalent replacement car.

Basically it takes advantage of the reliability of relatively modern cars that are no longer fashionable or have suffered cosmetically and have therefore dropped to prices just above scrap value. The disposable car if you will.

Take my 1998 P11GT for example - bought in July 2010 from a dealer specialising in cheap cars for the princely sum of 575 (sticker price 795). The car had an oil leak, but checking the boot revealed a massive main dealer service history covering most of its 138k miles. The car wore Pirelli P6000s all round and had clearly been looked after mechanically, even if there were a couple of bumps to the bodywork."


Anyway, apologies for the long post, but hopefully it will give you guys and girls something to read and comment upon! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: New member with a Primera GT   Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:52 pm

Hello Ant, and welcome aboard. Hopefully we will get a lot busier and we get a lot more comments, input and other people's Bangers. I have an awful lot of time for the Primera and especially the GT. It's not a pretty car, but it is great to drive and most important of all brilliantly reliable and great value as you have proved. Loved your vehicle history too, some sensational cars especially the E30 and RX7 which shows everyone that you don't have to drive a characterless shed. I look forward to your continued contributions.

All the best

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PostSubject: Re: New member with a Primera GT   Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:06 pm

Thanks James,

I had noticed it was quiet here, but I think its down to very few people admitting that what they want and what they need being two very different things.

A friend was a good example. A couple of years ago he decided that his car cost too much to run (it was a thirsty petrol auto estate car). To remedy the situation, he took out a 10k loan and bought a diesel estate car.

I really can't understand that line of reasoning. I much prefer it when people just admit the fact that they want a newer car - I'm sure we can all understand that feeling.

I'm glad you like the car selection. The BMW was a bit of a shed, but nothing rattled or squeeked when whe I drove it. The RX7 was a gorgeaous looking car with lovely handling. I wish I had stored it, but I don't like the idea of a great car not getting used.

The Primera was a replacement for a 2005 Avensis that I had for a year but decided to sell to cover lack of income whilst my wife was on maternity leave. I loved the Avensis, and may get another when they fall to bangernomics prices - it was so comfortable and well built.

Ant.

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PostSubject: Re: New member with a Primera GT   Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:06 pm

Hi Ant

Good buy on the Primera, one of my neighbours bought a 1998 model in 2000 and has just last month got rid. If I had been in the market for a banger I would have bought it as it was very well maintained! His idea of Bangernomics was to buy nearly new (a good saving off the new list price) and keep it for a lengthy period so that it owed him virtually nothing.

Alas, I fell into the trap like you mentioned above; I admitted to myself I would like a newer car and went and bought one. Thing is I've had it 6 months and I'm bored senseless already, but tied myself into a finance agreement and with a recent house move I can't afford to settle the balance just yet. A far cry from the days of running 100 bangers! Hence purchasing my 190E to tinker with, as I just have to have an old car kicking about Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: New member with a Primera GT   Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:04 pm

A fine choice of car. I ran a 1.6 years ago that I bought from a bloke at work in one of those "I needed a car and he needed shot of it" deals. It was utterly brilliant and I decided then that I'd have to have a GT/eGT one day. I managed it about 5 years ago and loved every minute.
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PostSubject: Re: New member with a Primera GT   Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:10 pm

Hi ant I too would like to find a GT/eGT but they are as rare as rocking horse poop. Good post Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: New member with a Primera GT   Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:48 pm

Hi
My Primera history goes 91(J) eZX 4door in red,94(L) 2.0 diesel 5door in grey,96(N) eGT 4door in green and a 98(S) GT 4door in red.


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